Why I Agree With Lee Beaman


Problems I have With Mayor Dean’s AMP Bus Transit Project.

(and I am not a businessman on West End)

Over several years Mayor Dean has painted lines on the shoulder of selected streets and roads, painted white stencils of a bicycle, and declared we have a citywide bicycle pathway system. I don’t see it used very much but at least it does little harm to commuters and people driving from place to place. And so far no bicycler has been run down as they avoid the sewer drains on one of the narrow so-called “pathways” on Post Road between White Bridge Road and Harding Road..

confusionBut Mayor Dean’s proposed AMP (Bus Rapid Transit System-BRT) project running from East Nashville through Broadway, and taking away several car lanes from West End Avenue all the way to White Bridge Road is not so simple as using up a few buckets of white paint and “Declaring a Bicycle Pathway”. The AMP project will use up buckets and buckets of Federal and Metro money(the state will not participate)

Deans proposal can do a lot of damage and will be very costly.. I think some people have done a “selling job” on Dean…he needs to reconsider. This is not the same as painting some stripes and pictures on the shoulders of some road and declaring a benefit to the citizenry.

Everything describing this project is either animation or illustration. Where does this work in any other city? Where are photo’s or videos of this working in another city? There is no other example.

From Wiki:  The Busway has been the site of many accidents, as some car drivers driving south on US-1 (which runs parallel to the Busway for much of its length), and looking to turn west, do not stop at the red arrows that govern the right turn lane at an intersection that has a Busway crossing adjacent to it. They make a right turn and go right into the path of a bus that is entering the adjacent Busway intersection. Buses currently have to slow down to 15 mph (24 km/h) before crossing the intersection, and the police often patrol the intersections looking for red arrow runners. Surprisingly, even the intersections where the Busway runs as far as 2 blocks west of US-1 suffer the same problem, with car drivers either not seeing or flatly ignoring the red lights at SW 184th and 186th Streets. City planners and residents alike have commented that rather than dismantling the former Florida East Coast Railroad line for the busway, the Metrorail system could have been extended southward over the railway line.

The most extreme versions of BRT creep lead to systems that can’t even truly be recognized as “Bus Rapid Transit.” For example, a rating from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy determined that the Boston “Silver Line” was best classified as “Not BRT” after local decision makers gradually decided to do away with most BRT-specific features. The study also categorizes a New York “BRT” line as “Not BRT.”

There appears to be four conditions where an AMP type transit may possibly work:

  1. Through a decaying part of a city where a Bus Rapid Transit encourages property development and repopulation by business and residential.
    1. The $200 Million Euclid Corridor Health Line is approximately seven miles long, connecting Cleveland’s two largest job centers, downtown Cleveland and University Circle. The most important regional destinations are served, such as Terminal Tower, Playhouse Square, Cleveland State University, The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Case Western Reserve University…………………. RECENT COMMENTS« On: April 20, 2012, 04:24:59 PM »At one time there was discussion (speculation?) that the Healthline buses would be outfitted with transponders to “trip” the traffic lights and thus improve travel times.  Was that ever in the official plan?  If so, was it implemented?  And if not, why not?  Does anyone know whether this has been done in any other cities Just curious.  The thought came out of the recent discussion about buses backing up on Euclid and problems with signal timing…………………….
      « On: April 20, 2012, 11:09:13 PM »^Yes, it was part of the plan and was implemented, at least to some extent, when the line first opened.  I believe RTA was never satisfied with how well the system worked, and maybe more significantly, I think the City of Cleveland traffic commissioner eventually pulled the plug because of the effects on traffic flow.  We definitely discussed it in this thread at a few points, so you might find some details with some creative searching.  Kind of a bummer, because the HealthLine has never lived up to the promised average speed between Public Square and University Circle, even with the early change in policy that lets vehicles skip empty stations.
    2. The AMP connects nowhere to nowhere in terms of job or population density
  2. Extremely highly congested roads or streets with many busses contributing to the congestion.

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  3. Where the remaining roadway after the AMP-type construction includes three additional vehicle lanes in each direction.
    1. .

      Multi-lane for vehicles

      Multi-lane for vehicles

    2. West End is not left with 6 lanes after AMP
  4. The BRT is on a one way road
    1. .

      BMT on One Way Street

      BMT on One Way Street

    2. Gallatin Rd, Broadway, and West End are not one-way streets

Mayor Dean’s AMP project meets none of these conditions.

At least he has people thinking…..

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